Foster & Adoptive Services
We offer services for foster and adoptive families that specifically address the challenges and needs of your family while on this journey together.
Seasons supports foster and adoptive families through services that increase stability and provide necessary resources to allow their family to thrive. This service begins with intake and assessments with an Adoption Competent Therapist and Permanency Support Specialist. Once information is gathered on the unique needs of your family, our providers work alongside family members to establish a comprehensive plan that includes therapy and supportive services that are tailored to your needs.
Our Adoption Competent Therapist is trained in several evidence-based practices that are trauma-informed, and foster and adoptive specific. Therapy services can include individual, family, and group therapy.
What does trauma-informed mean?
We know that trauma experienced by an individual can impact physical, emotional, and mental health, as well as behaviors and engagement in services. Trauma-informed care is an approach, based on knowledge of the impact of trauma, aimed to ensure environments and services are welcoming and engaging for all service recipients.
What evidence-based practices may be used?
Children and their families are provided a safe, therapeutic space to process their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while gaining skills for healthy coping through therapy. Back by scientific evidence and research proving effectiveness, the following evidence-based modalities may be utilized by our therapist:
- Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
- Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Parents and Children Together (PACT)
- Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
- Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
- Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Lifespan Integration
Learn more about our Adoption Competent Therapist, Nikki Van Ginkel, LISW, MSW, by clicking her image at the bottom of this page.
Our Permanency Support Specialist provides services that are family-centered to best resolve the challenges your family is facing.
What is permanency?
When children are placed in out-of-home care (also called foster care), it is important that child welfare agencies secure safe, permanent homes for them as quickly as possible. In most circumstances, children can be reunited with their families, but in some cases children find homes with relatives or adoptive families. When helping children and families achieve permanency, child welfare professionals must balance an array of issues, including the specific needs of the child and the family, as well as legal requirements.
What support services are available?
- Adoption Specific Support and Education
- Referral Connections
- Community Resources
- Crisis Management
- Education/School Services
- Respite Connections
- Young Adult Living Skills
- Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP)
- Behavioral Management
- Support Groups
Our Permanency Support Specialist, Sherri Huizenga, CADC, LBSW, has over 15 years of personal foster and adoptive care experience through her and her husband’s own journey in fostering and adopting children through the foster care system. During this time, Sherri spent five years working with birth families by walking alongside birth mother/parents who were exploring the options of parenting or making an adoption plan for their unborn child. She also worked closely with eagerly awaiting adoptive parents in her role. Learn more about Sherri’s professional background by clicking her picture below.